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The USA is home to several of the world's most exciting cities, some truly mind-blowing landscapes, a strong sense of regionalism, a trenchant mythology, more history than the country gives itself credit for and, arguably, some of the most approachable natives in the world. The US was fashioned from an incredibly disparate population who, with little in common apart from a desire to choose their own paths to wealth or heaven, rallied around the ennobling ideals of the Declaration of Independence to forge the richest, most inventive and most powerful country on earth.

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Sailing into the Sunset

Sat, 4 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [58]

WE WILL BE OUT OF TOUCH for the next week or so. We are taking a cruise to Aruba, Curacao and the Dominican Republic on the Carnival Horizon . One of the ways cruise lines remain profitable in spite of the low fares is the amount they charge for extras—... Read more >

Exit Strategy

Mon, 24 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [169]

WE'RE BACK FOR ONLY TWO WEEKS AND already are planning our escape. Most people travel to Colorado for the skiing and hiking—we come for our annual proddings and probings. Lest you think we’re masochists, Colorado is where our doctors are—... Read more >

Back Home On The Range

Tue, 11 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [153]

LAST NIGHT’S SNOW WAS A BIT OF A SHOCK, probably more to the emergent cherry blossoms than it was to us. This isn’t our first taste of Springtime in the Rockies, after all. Just the same, it feels strange to be wearing long pants and shoes, ... Read more >

Photos: Full Circle: Colorado

Mon, 10 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Dark Times—Burning Times

Sat, 1 May 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [173]

THE ACTION IN VARANASI TAKES PLACE along the ghats, long stretches of concrete stairs leading from the maze of alleys to the river itself.  Stairways, as it were, down to heaven.  Beginning in the early morning, hoards of devoted Hindus descend ... Read more >

Alternate Anniversary Plan B

Sun, 25 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [164]

WE HAD PLANNED A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY DINNER for Saturday. Twenty-seven years is worthy of celebration, after all, and Myrtle Beach has a plethora of fine dining. With the social-distanced seating restrictions, the only table we could book at the Cork ... Read more >

Ten Years Later

Sat, 24 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [117]

TEN YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOCKED THE DOORS for the last time and set off to see the whole, wide world. The sale of the house was “under contract” in realtor-speak and most of our worldly possessions—everything that wouldn’t fit in ... Read more >

Virginia Road Trip

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [123]

IF YOU ARE NOT SPEAKING RUSSIAN you might want to thank Connie and Steve. Back in the old Cold War days when the entire USSR—not just Vladimir—was out to get us, Connie and Steve, her boss at one of those “ABC” agencies, were ... Read more >

Photos: Virginia Road Trip

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Spring Has Sprung

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [116]

FLORIDA MAY CLAIM ENDLESS SUMMER but Spring has sprung in Myrtle Beach. There are no swarms of college kids but April showers, blooming flowers, hopeful golfers and allergy-induced runny noses are sure signs of the season.     ... Read more >

Nothing Could Be Finer...

Fri, 9 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [117]

WE’VE HAD ENOUGH OF THE SUNSHINE STATE! This was our third snowbird winter in Florida, after all. And out here on the Panhandle, not only does a wind from the north blow cold as one would expect but so does a south wind when it flows over the chilly ... Read more >

Photos: South Carolina

Thu, 8 Apr 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Rite of Spring

Sat, 20 Mar 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [209]

WE HADN’T CONSIDERED THAT Panama City Beach calls itself the “Spring Break Capital Of The World” when we booked our condo. Apparently Governor DeSantis’s lackadaisical approach to Covid was seen as a “come-on down, y’... Read more >

Itz Not the Ritz

Mon, 8 Mar 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [159]

WE ROLLED INTO TOWN JUST AFTER NOON yesterday and checked in at the Costa Inn.   Its major draw is that it had rooms available.  It also has secure parking and . . . Wait a just cotton-pickin’ minute! That was back in 2008 in ... Read more >

The Second Dose

Thu, 18 Feb 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [196]

IT MIGHT SOUND LIKE WE’RE WHINGING—but we aren’t. Despite how crappy we felt last night, we are extremely relieved to have gotten our second dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine yesterday. Last month's 8-hour drive from Cocoa Beach to ... Read more >

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